Albion will look to further tighten their grip on a top six berth as they travel to London Road to take on a high-spirited and tough-to-beat Posh side.
A first win at Middlesbrough in over 23 years saw the Seagulls rise a place to 5th, whilst retaining an all-important 2 point gap over 7th. For now, it’s just about whittling down the games whilst fending off any threat to their in demand play-off position. Another 3 points would be just the ticket.
After 7 straight defeats at the beginning of the season, Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough appear to have finally found a winning formula as they look to defy their status as relegation favourites once again. Currently 9 games unbeaten, Posh have also made a habbit of beating top sides on home soil, with Watford and Cardiff both leaving empty handed in recent weeks.
Despite the Seagulls’ impressive recent record against Peterborough, boss Gus Poyet remains wary of the hosts’ attacking capabilities.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “Our games against Peterborough have been more difficult than what people might think. They were very good at the Amex and they had the ball for long periods in the first half.
“Credit to Darren Ferguson and company because for a while they looked like they had gone. They started believing, they kept their identity and they started winning games.
“They found that ‘click’ that a manager looks for and it’s worked for them because they are now winning games against the top teams. I have been watching them and they are a team we have got to be very careful against.
“We need to be spot-on and strong. We have one of the top three defences in the Championship and we need to produce another display and make it very difficult for them. Then we need to use our qualities. It sounds boring but we need to do the basics first.”
Peterborough United Team News:
Full-back Mark Little is sidelined after suffering a hamstring injury in the win over Watford, whilst Michael Bostwick is also out with long-term hamstring problems.
On-loan midfielder Jack Payne has a chance of featuring having recovered from an ankle injury, otherwise Ferguson has no fresh concerns ahead of this one.
Player to watch: Dwight Gayle
Signed initially on loan from Dagenham in November, the young striker penned permanent terms in January following a remarkable tally of 7 goals in 9 games, having stepped up two divisions. Whilst the 22-year-old has not been quite so prolific in recent months, he has netted in his last two outings, and possesses the pace and predatory instincts to trouble even the meanest of defences.
Brighton & Hove Albion Team News:
Poyet welcomes back Tomasz Kuszczak after the Polish keeper missed Albion’s win at Middlesbrough – with Casper Ankergren likely to drop back to the bench despite keeping a clean sheet.
Wingers Kazenga LuaLua and Will Buckley are both available to feature after recovering from hamstring injuries, whilst right-back Bruno has also been cleared to play.
Player to watch: David Lopez
The former Bilbao midfielder bagged his 8th goal of the season to secure the 3 points at Middlesbrough on Saturday, showcasing his class and composure with a chipped finish when one-on-one. David’s goal contribution from midfield has been vital in helping the side to where they are, especially in light of their depleted strike-force.
Past Meetings & Stats
Albion boast a 100% record from their last 5 meetings against Peterborough since Poyet took charge – scoring 11 and conceding just 3 in the process.
Much-maligned striker Stephen Dobbie scored the only goal in stoppage time of the reverse fixture to clinch a long-overdue victory at the Amex.